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El Pastor

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Jonathan Cenzual Burley
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

Anselmo is a middle age shepherd, lives a poor but happy life in a small run down house in a middle of the Spain plains, near a small, but growing village. His dog Pillo and his sheep are his only company. A life bucolic enough for him to ignore the offers he receives from a construction company who wants to buy his house and land to build a new residential complex. Conflicting against Anselmo's unwillingness to sell is Julian and Paco's greed, the owners of the neighboring lands, who only answer to their own interests. A bloody metaphor of the greed to corrodes these who do not answer to reason in their quest to get what they want, and the inevitable, but violent consequences of their actions.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Building on the offbeat impression forged by previous films The Soul of Flies (2011) and The Year and the Vineyard (2013), director Jonathan Cenzual Burley adopts a more sombre tone in this outsider study that relocates a classic western scenario to post-recession Spain. Fifty-something Anselmo (Miguel Martin) is content with his lot as a shepherd on the Salamanca plain and shares the shack where he was born with his loyal dog, Pillo. But abattoir owner Julián (Alfonso Mendiguchia) and his henpecked neighbour Paco (Juan Luis Sara) are desperate for Anselmo to cut a deal with a big-city property developer so that they can clear their debts. The standoff simmers with a reassuring uneventfulness that makes the sudden descent into dénouement melodrama all the more disappointing. But Cenzual Burley (who acts as cinematographer, too) has a fine eye and a Renoir-esque compassion for his often quixotic protagonists. Moreover, he also coaxes a compelling performance out of Martin, whose unassuming hero just wants to be left alone to enjoy a quiet drink in the local bar and read the books borrowed from an admiring librarian (Maribel Iglesias).

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Credits

Cast

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AnselmoMiguel Martin
JuliánAlfonso Mendiguchia
PacoJuan Luis Sara
ConchaMaribel Iglesias
QuiqueCarlos San Jorge
IgnacioJaime Santos
ManoliMaite Iglesias
Pablo, Guardia CivilPablo Malaga

Crew

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DirectorJonathan Cenzual Burley

Details

Theatrical distributor
Matchbox Films
Released on
2017-06-02
Languages
Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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